Lawyer Michael Scotto, who ran an unsuccessful primary against Democratic District Attorney Madeline Singas last year, has been hired by Republican County Comptroller George Maragos as a deputy comptroller for $120,000 a year, county sources say.
Five county sources say Scotto appears in Nassau’s payroll system as a deputy comptroller and was expected to start work this week.
Maragos’ office, however, would neither confirm nor deny the hire. “We have no comment at this time,” spokeswoman Eleni Manis said when Newsday inquired. Scotto could not be reached.
Two sources say Scotto, a former chief of the Manhattan district attorney’s Rackets Bureau, also had applied for the job of investigations commissioner for Republican County Executive Edward Mangano. In an effort to reform the county contracting process, Mangano separated the job of investigations commissioner from the county attorney’s office and in April he hired Democrat Donna Myrill, who was head of the Queens district attorney’s treatment court programs.
Scotto, who lives in Port Washington, was easily defeated by Singas last year in the Democratic primary. When he ran low on funds for an elections attorney, Scotto quietly relied on legal advice from Republican elections lawyer and former Republican county attorney John Ciampoli, leading some observers to question his political allegiance.
Singas spokesman Brendan Brosh said Tuesday, “DA Singas offers her congratulations to Mr. Scotto in his new role.”